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Nippon Ham Fighters Announce They Will Post Shohei Otani

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The Nippon Ham Fighters announced that they will post Japanese superstar Shohei Otani, allowing the pitcher/slugger to come to the majors, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.

Otani “willing to leave millions of dollars on the table” by coming over at age 23 instead of waiting until he is 25, according to Mike Oz of Yahoo Sports.

Players under 25 who are posted, fall under MLB’s international bonus pool restrictions, capping what teams can offer that specific player.

“If Otani were to wait until he turned 25, his MLB contract would easily be nine figures,” Oz explained.

“Instead, he wants to prove himself at 23, so teams have to treat him the same way they would a 16-year-old from the Dominican Republic. He’ll get a signing bonus and the same standard contract any MLB draft pick or international free agent would.”

The Texas Rangers can offer the biggest signing bonus at $3.535 million. The New York Yankees ($3.25 million) and Minnesota Twins ($3.245 million) can offer the next highest figures while teams such as the Pittsburgh Pirates, Miami Marlins and Seattle Mariners are the only other teams that can offer seven figures, according to Ronald Blum of the Associated Press.

Let the bidding and courting begin!

 

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Red Sox Designate Eduardo Nunez For Assignment

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Eduardo Nunez

The Boston Red Sox have designated infielder Eduardo Nunez for assignment, according to a team announcement on Monday.

Boston also optioned right hander Hector Velazquez to Triple A Pawtucket.

In corresponding moves, the Red Sox have called up right hander Ryan Weber and first basemen/outfielder Sam Travis from Triple A.

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Royals Considered Likely to be Moving Billy Hamilton, Terrance Gore

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Billy Hamilton

As the trade deadline approaches, the Kansas City Royals may be ready to enter sale mode.

According to MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan, the Royals may be moving both Billy Hamilton and Terrance Gore, who has already been designated for assignment.

Hamilton has been dropped to a backup role following the Royals call up of top prospect Bubba Starling, and hasn’t started a game since July 3rd.

Hamilton has posted a .217/.284/.271 slash line this season.

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Orioles’ Mychal Givens Drawing Trade Interest

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Mychal Givens

The Baltimore Orioles are again going to be sellers at the trade deadline and it appears that closer Mychal Givens is available, and drawing interest, according to MASNSports’ Rock Kubatko.

Per the report, the Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies have expressed interest in the pitcher.

Givens has posted a 4.50 ERA this season for Baltimore.

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